Juli & Brett: Rustic Backyard Wedding
When I first met with Juli and her mother to discuss the details of the wedding, she had so many ideas of what she wanted to do, and how they envisioned everything set-up. I soon realized that this would be unlike any other wedding I've photographed, and I was very much up to the task. Her and Brett decided to have an untraditional, laid-back wedding, with just a ceremony and cake cutting, and I was completely ok with that! They didn't want to have all the attention on them, and wanted it to feel more like a big family and friends get-together. With a beautiful dress from David's Bridal, amazing rustic-chic decor, beautiful flowers from Flower Expressions in Perry Hall, delicious pit beef and pit ham from Fast Eddies, a mouthwatering dessert bar with cupcakes and cake from Flavor Cupcakery, and great tunes from Detour Dave, what's not to love about this wedding? I didn't get to meet Brett until the day of the wedding, and he was just as nice as Juli. They make a really cute couple, and I was very happy for them. Unfortunately, there was a chance of thunderstorms that night around the time of the reception, and Juli made sure she had tents for backup. Boy did they come in handy that night! Luckily we were able to get some night shots in once the rain turned to a slight sprinkle.
I thought their first look was cute; I loved how he was looking down as she was about to come from behind the tree.
After the first look, we drove about a minute down the street to this incredibly awesome barn for some portraits. Juli knows the owner's son, and he was happy to let us use it for a backdrop. It was a bit warm and humid out, so we didn't stay out there too long. I didn't want them too uncomfortable for photos; they were troopers though! I love Brett's sharp attire; I can't imagine how hot he must've been, but he looked very handsome.
Juli also told me about this stream and bridge she wanted some photos on as well at Laurel Brook. We headed there next which was maybe another 5 minutes from her parents' house. There wasn't much bridge traffic there, so we got lucky. I'm really glad she suggested this location too; the surrounding greenery and water made it a really relaxing time there. My 2nd shooter and really good friend Dee was awesome at making Juli and Brett laugh to get them relaxed in front of the camera.
I love that Juli's sons walked her out; it was really cute. As they all stepped out of the house, everyone let out an "Aww." Brett was standing with his daughter as they were walking out, and her face was just as cute!
Juli found this door at a new place in Bel Air called The Green Door. I loved her ideas on this makeshift photobooth; and so did everyone else!
I took the newly joined family to the front of the house for a few quick family photos. I loved that when I asked the kids to give me some "sass," they all did something different. And Julis' sons' suspenders and bowties; adorable.
Congratulations Brett and Juli!
It was a beautiful rustic wedding. So many original ideas. And Juli and Brett were so happy. What a beautiful blended family. The pix are awesome. To many years of happiness and memories.
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